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November 13, 1937

Chirurgische Indikationen

JAMA. 1937;109(20):1664. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780460074042

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This small volume, written in German, treats of indications, contraindications and the choice of operative procedures in almost every field of general surgery. The author kept in view a twofold object, to emphasize the so-called absolute indications for immediate intervention and to elaborate on the question of intervention and the choice of operation in borderline cases. Undoubtedly the author intentionally omits illustrations as well as literary references. When considering a controversial point such, for example, as the question of drainage versus nondrainage after a cholecystectomy or the choice between a palliative and a radical gastric resection for the cure of a deep-seated duodenal ulcer the author states his own preference instead of leading the reader into a maze of contradictory opinions. The result is a compact volume containing a well balanced, authoritative, well thought out discussion of the most important problems in the field of surgical indications, contraindications and choice

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